"Most of you will be aware by now that the Minister of Conservation has Himalayan tahr well and truly in her sights. Make no mistake, if she has her way, it will be the end of tahr hunting as we know it!
She has instructed her department to cull 17,500 tahr on top of the almost 3000 already culled in the last couple of months, and also she intends to reduce the tahr density in Mt Cook and Westland National Parks to zero. She wants her department to cull around 25,000 to 30,000 tahr by the middle of next year, out of what they are saying is an estimated population of 35,000 (and this estimate by their own admission could be way out either way – what do we have left if there is only 25,000 to begin with?) - and they intend to shoot the bulls too. This is without a doubt the destruction of the tahr hunting resource.
The only way we are going to stop this is by a huge lobbying effort of the Coalition and opposition MPs by all hunters united together, but this will not stop the slaughter before the damage is done. The New Zealand Tahr Foundation is going to seek a court injunction to have the culling stopped while the GAC puts an alternative proposal that will achieve the required herd reduction spread over 3 years to preserve the alpine vegetation without totally destroying the tahr hunting resource." - New Zealand Tahr Foundation
"All we want is a mature well considered and consulted discussion, resulting in a sensible sustainable plan." - NZ Tahr Foundation
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We’d like to do a little bit more and see if we can encourage you guys and girls to donate a little bit more. We are putting a full Tahr Hunting kit up for raffle with all proceeds going to the NZ Tahr Foundation. This money will go towards halting the current cull and establishing a proper consultation with recreational hunters.
Each ticket purchased will give you one entry into our draw to win the following Hunters Element products:
x1 Odyssey Jacket - Desolve Veil Camouflage
x1 Odyssey Trousers - Desolve Veil Camouflage
x1 Razor Jacket - Green & Grey
x1 Edge Top - Desolve Veil Camouflage
x1 Spur Trousers - Desolve Veil Camouflage
x1 Blizzard Top - Desolve Veil Camouflage
x1 Blizzard Leggings - Desolve Veil Camouflage
x1 Kayan Neck Gaiter - Desolve Veil Camouflage
x1 Heat Beater Nucleus Cap - Desolve Veil Camouflage
Note: Competition closes 15/10/2018. The randomly selected winner will be contacted on the day.